John, ran across this thread and your "who's been doing what where". Well, I'm in North Carolina right now visiting family and doing some fishing. Staying mostly at my sister's house and they have a small pond down back. Have done some fishing in there for bass and got a few nice, healthy fighters in the 1 to 2 1/2 lb. range, but nothing much larger. They are a lot of fun though. When they don't want to eat, can't find anything they will hit, but when they want to eat, they do.
What I really like to do when visiting here is to go down to Carolina Beach, where they have a trailer, and fish for sheepshead. My b-n-l has a boat he keeps down there and sheepshead is the only thing he fishes for. We went fishing one day last week and and got some decent ones along with some small ones. Also, I caught a nice back drum and I think he fought better than the sheep...it was a blast to catch with some strong runs under the boat.
Last night we had a sheepshead fish fry. They are one of the finest eating fish I have had. We were going to go back down there yesterday, but it has been raining past several days.I think we are going down either later today or in the morning. 30% chance of rain down there tomorrow.
Now, for all you "westerners" that are not familiar with what a "real" sheepshead is, I will try to post some pics here; also, there are some good you-tube video showing fishing for them. We fish mainly around the Carolina Beach inlet area, and especially under the Carolina Beach bridge that goes over the inlet. You just pull up to the pilings, and use a gaff hook to one of the cables around the pilings...then you drop your bait, usually fiddlers or stone crabs, right down along the pilings. And if some nice ones are down there feeding, hold on. They can be tricky to catch though. There is a knack to it. They are very good at taking your bait with fairly a hint of a bite.
Let me see if I can post some pics here. Some of just the fish, and some with myself and b-n-l. My b-n-l will be the one on the left as you look at the pic.
Dang it! Wouldn't let me attach anything...said files were all too large. This is frustrating. Will have to see what I can do later.